Join us for worship this Sunday, February 21, at 9 or 11, the second Sunday in our Lenten Theme: LIFE and FAITH Intertwined. Rev. Gary Heaton’s sermon is titled, “The Pattern of Divine Relationship” and the scripture text is Genesis 15:1-8, 17-18. Steve Rittenhouse and Mary Elizabeth Morris are reading the scripture (Luke 13:31-35) and Gary Morris will lead the Psalter at the second service. The Chancel Choir anthem at 11 is “Create In Me a Clean Heart”, (Mueller is the composer) and the gathering music by Richard Cummins includes Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice, a Moravian Hymn, arranged by Robert Elmore, and Aria (Largo) by Handel.
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”[a] 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4 But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5 He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed the Lord; and the Lord[b] reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7 Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” 8 But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,
Genesis 15:1-8, 17-18